Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions
Since the establishment of the Hall of Records in 1935, the Maryland State Archives has been aware of the importance of church and synagogue records as a significant primary source for historians and genealogists. Since systematic recording of vital records was not established until 1875 for Baltimore City and 1898 for Maryland counties, religious records are often the only source for birth and death information.
Patterned after the Guide to Maryland Newspapers, the Directory of Maryland Religious Institutions Featuring the Religious Records Collections of the Maryland State Archives is an attempt to identify religious organizations across the state in order to assist researchers in identifying the location of churches and synagogues that might be relevant to their research. Entries in the guide are based upon materials already in the custody of the Maryland State Archives and on the Historical Records Survey of Churches compiled in 1935-1941 by the Works Progress Administration (MSA S 1512). Additional entries were compiled from atlases and directories.